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(DUE TO ARRL BURO QSL PRICING CHANGE FOR SMALL QSL QUANITIES, PLEASE NOTE:  I WILL CONTINUE TO USE BUROS FOR PAPER QSL REQUESTS BUT ONLY AFTER  MANY REQUESTS/CARDS ARRIVE.  THIS COULD TAKE A WHILE.   IF YOU WANT A QSL CARD FASTER, SEND A SASE FOR A PAPER QSL OR EMAIL ME WITH A LOTW UP-LOAD REQUEST.   I DO NOT USE LOTW FREQUENTLY BUT WILL RESPOND QUICKLY TO YOUR EMAIL REQUEST.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.) 

First licensed as KN8RMO in Champion, OH in 1959 at age 14.  Received General license K8RMO in 1960. Moved to CA in 1970 and received W6NRJ, a SK's call. Giving up on a return to the West Coast, in 2011 received W3NRJ (Extra) for MD on the East Coast. 

I use "all wires" in my back yard (garden) antenna farm...with the exception of home brew, twin collinear-fed, 30 meters NW/SE "junk pile" verticals built in late 2015 which beam E/W.  I use a triangle of 40 meter Extended Double Zepps, each with separate window line feed, tuned and switchable in the shack, to cover the world on 40 meters and up.  In winter I operate 80/160 with a 80 meter 5/8 wavelength wire sloper over a tall 80' tree.  (See pictures of my antenna farm below.)

I am indebted to my Elmer, W8RZK, Joe, (SK) for his many hours of patient instruction and practical advice during my pre-Novice and Novice/early General days when I was in high school. His time investment with me during many evenings in his basement shack lead to a wonderful life-long hobby and a technical industry career.   Joe "Elmer-ed" numerous young hams in my community.  All were amazed to watch Joe climb his tower to work on his Cubical Quad.  

I am now retired after over 30 years in high technology businesses, and, previous to that, a couple years in broadcast engineering using my FCC First Class Radiotelephone license.

Beyond ham radio I enjoy gardening, time-sharing, road trips, cruising, and the company of my XYL, grown up kids, and two grand kids. My ham hours are spent experimenting with wire antennas. casual contesting for PVRC, and chasing HF DX (310 now confirmed) having reached my retirement goal of 300 "countries" using only wires. Along with ham friends, N6KD, K3EW and AI5P, I have enjoyed DXPedtion holidays to the Caribbean, operating as PJ2/W6NRJ, KP2/W6NRJ, ZF2LJ, and VP2MVI.

TNX for reading, and CU on the bands... 73, Jim W3NRJ

P.S. Below is my mostly "all wires" antenna farm (garden) and my 1962 nostalgia station with the S108 Hallicrafters receiver I used in high school.

 

 

W3NRJ Antenna Farm in Winter...note feed lines and pulley ropes.

 

My nostalgia station from 1962, my senior high school year, the Hallicrafters S108 with Heath Q Multiplier and Ameco preamp and Heath HX20 using a single 6146.

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